So, I was nominated by the britchy one for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, and I’m really glad. I love quotes. Well, I love the quotes I love, anyhow, and this challenge gives me a chance to share them with you all.
“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, YOU move.”
-Captain America, Civil War: The Amazing Spiderman.
I’m quoting that as Captain America saying it because that’s where I first heard it.
Also, I told you today would be a hero quote.
I love me some super stuff.
Anyhow, I absolutely LOVE Captain America (and Batman, but, you know, he didn’t say this quote so…) because he is the embodiment of things that are Good and Just, and he is what every superhero should aspire to be. His morals and backbone are the sort that we should all strive for. Because no matter what, Steve stands up for what he believes in, and he believes in some pretty damn good things (like not-swearing. Sorry Cap). It’d be a different story if he believed in selfish things. If that were true, this quote would have the exact opposite effect. This quote would be garbage because it’d be coming from a garbage person. But no. Captain Steve Rogers is an outstanding character who fights for the freedom and safety of others.
And he’s right (a lot of the time) (shots definitely fired at Iron Man) (sorry not-sorry).
I feel that, too often people shy away from the truth. Because it’s offensive, or scary, or just outright crazy. But truth is still truth. If I tell you there’s a murderer hiding in your closet, should I keep it to myself just because that’s scary? No. I should tell you, even if it frightens you, or scars you, or makes you unable to go home ever again. Even if you call me a liar, or tell me I’m crazy, or even if you ignore my warning, I ought to tell you. What you do with the truth is, ultimately, up to you. But, as someone who knows you’re in need of the truth, and as someone who has the truth, I ought to tell you. It’s my duty. If not, then how will you know about the murderer?
Granted, I don’t believe everything is so cut and dry, but I do believe there are a few absolutes. After all, the universe would be a constant goo of ever-changing chaos if there weren’t a few absolutes (simple ones, you know, like fire burns, or gravity exists here, or sucking too much helium can make you pass out) (don’t ask me how I know about that last one) and for us to ignore that is dangerous.
And yet, for us to speak those truths is now dangerous.
Because Cap’s right.
The press hates the truth, the mobs hate the truth, politicians sure as hell hate the truth.
People generally hate the truth.
Speaking truth puts us on the outs with a lot of people.
But, if you don’t speak the truth:
How are people to know when they’re in danger?
When they’re in trouble?
How are they to know when they’re right?
Life is confusing enough as it is with what little truths we have. Best not to ignore the ones we have as absolute, and it’s best not to continue playing like there are no rules or regulations to this world.
Hurting others isn’t right.
Jumping in a fire will burn you.
Eating glowsticks is not recommended by doctors.
Don’t ignore the truth just because you don’t like it, or just because it’s scary.
And don’t back down from the truth either.
Even if they don’t like it, people need to know.
(Of course, I always say that half of what you say is what you say, and the other half is how you say it. So maybe don’t tell someone they’re an idiot for playing with fire. You could nicely suggest that they don’t and that’s a fine way of communicating the truth too.)
Anyway, speech over.
Thanks Captain America.
And, thanks again britchy!
I would nominate more, but I have, regrettably, reached a wall with people to nominate.
Which means the end of my post yesterday is lies.
(And after all I went through to tell you how important truth is…)
I will do my best to nominate three more tomorrow.
But no promises.
Author’s note: the image obviously doesn’t belong to me, it probably belongs to Marvel.
Just an educated guess.